Thursday, May 12, 2016

Curriculum Vitae - Gabriel Sawma

·        Professor: Middle East Studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
·        Lawyer with Middle East Background; Graduated in 1970 from the Lebanese University, school of law.
·        Admitted to the Lebanese Bar Association of Beirut.
·        Practiced law in Beirut at the law firm of Rizkallah & Farah.
·        Nominated to be a judge in Lebanon, Lebanese Judicial Studies..
·        Supervised contracts in Europe and the Middle East.

·        Travelled extensively to the Middle East, including Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates.
·        Worked in Saudi Arabia.

·        Expert consultant on Islamic law.

·        Expert consultant on Islamic divorce in USA.

·        Expert consultant on mahr agreements in Islamic marriage contracts.

·        Expert consultant on Islamic finance.

Professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University

Taught the following courses:
·        Arabic 1001, Fall 2007, Spring 2008
·        Arabic 1002, Spring 2008
·        Arab Culture and Civilization, Fall 2009
·        Arab-Islamic Culture and Civilization, Fall 2011
·        Near East as Source of Western Culture
·        Middle East Constitutional Law – comparative study, including Islamic law of marriage, divorce, child custody and inheritance

Lecturer on Islamic Finance at the University of Liverpool:

Course taught at Mercer Community College, West Windsor, New Jersey, Fall 2011.
·        Arabic 101

Professor of Arabic 101 at Princeton Adult School in Princeton, NJ (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)

Lecturer on Islamic Shari’a and its sources. See my lecture at Fairleigh Dickinson University to students and faculty:

Expert Consultant on Muslim family laws of the Middle East, Central and southeast Asia, Africa, and India.

Expert Consultant of Islamic divorce in USA, see our website at:

Lectured in New York at The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Featured on the BBC as, “Expert Consultant on Islamic divorce in USA.” The interview is posted on BBC’s website:

Featured on CNN as “Professor and Expert Consultant on Islamic sharia law.” The interview is posted on CNN’s website:

Editor in chief of a blog on International Law, mainly Islamic law of marriage, divorce and custody of children:

Won A Landmark Case In New York Involving Recognition of a Foreign Divorce Judgment including custody, and securing a mahr of $250,000 for the client
In 2012, the Supreme Court of Westchester County handed down a decision in favor of my client. The court recognized a divorce decree obtained from Abu Dhabi (UAE), including custody of children and recognizing a mahr agreement of $250,000. The entire court order is available on this link:

The Appellate Division Affirms

On January 20, 2015, the Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department, issued a ruling, in which the Court affirmed the decision of the lower Court. The decision of the Appellate Division is available on this link:

Won A Landmark Case Involving Custody of Children
Saudi Arabia’s Shari’a Court issued a custody order against a U.S. citizen woman who was married to a Saudi husband. The husband obtained a court judgment from Saudi Arabia granting him custody of his two daughters. The Court in Allegheny, Pennsylvanian agreed with our argument that Saudi Arabia does not have jurisdiction, and the custody order violates Pennsylvania public policy and that Saydi Arabia is in violation to international human rights treaties.

The court order is not published yet, but I have a copy at request. Once published, I will post the link online. For more information on Abduction of children or fear of abduction to Muslim majority countries, please see our website at:

Author of dozens of articles dealing with Islamic divorce in USA and on International Law: Most of these articles can be found on our website at,

Following is a partial list of my articles on Islamic and Hindu Divorces:

·        Iraqi Divorce in U.S. Courts
·        Yemeni Divorce and U.S. Immigration
·        Egyptian Divorce and U.S. Immigration
·        Palestinian Islamic Divorce of West Bank in USA
·        Saudi Divorce in USA
·        Saudi Divorce and U.S. Immigration
·        Saudi Arabian Child Custody Cases in USA
·        Pakistani Divorce and U.S. Immigration
·        Muslim Divorce in Tunisia
·        Muslim Divorce in Bangladesh
·        Marriage of Minors in Islam
·        The Iddat of a Woman in Islam
·        Muslim Men Marrying Non-Muslim Women
·        The Law of Marriage and Divorce in the United Arab Emirates
·        Islamic Syrian Divorce in USA
·        Islamic Yemeni Divorce in USA
·        Islamic Jordanian Divorce in USA
·        Recognition of Hindu Divorces in New York State
·        Islamic Divorce in New York State
·        The Khul’ Divorce in Egypt
·        Islamic Women Divorce Laws in Egypt
·        Muslim Iranian Divorce in USA
·        Pakistani Islamic Divorce in U.S. Courts
·        Islamic Lebanese Divorce in USA
·        Islamic Marriage Over the Phone, an interview with BBC, (see above)
·        Islamic Sharia in Theory and Practice, a Lecture at FDU, (see above)
·        Divorce in Egypt, an interview with CNN, (see above)
·        Annulment of Islamic Marriages
·        The Wali (guardian) in Islamic Marriages According to Hanafi Jurisprudence
·        Islamic Marriage Contracts in the Hanafi Jurisprudence
·        The Jihaz in Islamic Marriages
·        The Nafaqa in Islamic Marriage
·        The Mahr in Islamic Marriage Contracts
·        Indian Divorce in US Courts
·        Application of Islamic Sharia in US Courts
·        Abduction of children to Muslim Majority Countries
·        Abduction of children from USA to Saudi Arabia

Partial List of my Articles on International Law:[2]
·        Do Sanctions on Iran Work?
·        The Shebaa Farms Under International Law
·        The Scope and Nature of Immunity from Jurisdiction for Heads of State Under International Law
·        The Nigerian Scam and its Impact on Global Economy
·        Public International Law and Organizations
·        Limitations on the Effectiveness of Trademark Laws in the EU

Speak, read and write: Arabic, English, French, Syriac, Biblical and Talmudic Aramaic

1.     Admitted to the Lebanese Bar Association of Beirut since 1970
2.     Former Associate Member of the New York Bar Association, 1982
3.     Former Associate Member of the American Bar Association, 2003


Cell (609) 915-2237

Wrote extensively on International law in the area of the European Union Law. Following are excerpts:
§  Limitations on the Effectiveness of Trademark Laws in the European Union, Case Study,
§  Islamic divorce in U.S. courts,
§  Prohibition of interest in Islamic banking and finance,
§  the Scope of Immunity for Heads of States under International Law,
§  The mahr provision in Islamic marriage contract,
§  Application of Islamic shari’a in U.S. courts,
§  Muslim brotherhood and the Middle East Upheaval,

[2] These articles can be accessed on


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